A Reflection on Juneteenth by Ayanna

Juneteenth is a Celebration of the Liberation of my Ancestors that were stolen from their homeland, separated from their wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, friends, and children to provide free, abusive, inhumane labor for way too long,

I am always amazed at how my ancestors emotionally and physically survived this human trafficking. 

To thrive is my gift to my ancestors, those who were enslaved and those that roamed freely as their beautiful selves in my ancestral home of Africa.

I may have been born in the United States of America, but my origins are African. My name is African. My love is African. 

Every group of people that have been negatively affected by colonization or any other form of invasion can understand why Liberation is necessary to celebrate, every day. 

The time it took for my enslaved ancestors to hear that they were no longer free was so long that the term JUNETEENTH was necessary to add to the English language. I don’t know if I would have been more angry or confused. Either way, women and men who didn’t know any different, except in their wildest dreams, were no longer limited to a property, a family, a position, an occupation, or a field.

I am thankful for the opportunity to celebrate this liberation!!! Let’s dance, clap, sing, dress in beautiful colors, hug, kiss, and love in the joy of this freedom for a people who should have never been held captive!

Let’s celebrate!

With my best intentions,

Ayanna Denise Zahra